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Hey friends! Welcome to the Lucky Few Podcast where we are shifting the narrative by shouting the worth of people with Down syndrome. With your hosts, Heather Avis, Micha Boyett, and Mercedes Lara. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
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Hey friends! Welcome to the last episode of season three, and it’s a treat. We’re finishing up with a special BONUS interview with one of our favorite people (though we may be a little biased), Heather Avis. Not only does she co-host this podcast, she is mother to her three adopted children, two with Down Syndrome, and creator of the hit Instagram account: @theluckyfewofficial. In case you haven’t heard (and we sure hope you have), Heather’s newest book, Scoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating A Space Where Everyone Belongs, comes out on June 25th! In this special episode, we’re chatting about the writing process, the inspiration, and the reason behind the timing of this extraordinary book. Scoot Over and Make Some Room captures Heather’s funny yet fierce spirit as she tells stories of her children and champions anyone on the margins. Tune in as Heather reads a portion of her “Wildflowers” chapter and discusses who this book is supposed to challenge- which is anyone who has some room to make for others! So friends, who is missing from your life? Can you make some room for them on your couch?We hope you’ll join this powerful movement to make some room by pre-ordering your copy today. Help Heather reach her 25 by 25 goal: 25,000 copies sold by the release date, June 25th! Plus, when you pre-order, you get special freebies-including the first chapter of the book! Thank you for joining us for another season! We will be back very soon, and we are very excited! For now, keep shouting the worth and shifting the narrative by making room for anyone missing from your couch. And as always, don’t forget to own your influence wherever you are. SHOW LINKSPRE-ORDER your copy of Scoot Over and Make Some Room by Heather Avis here.Head on over to scootoverbook.com for more content and insight, and then join the book launch team!Learn more about Heather Avis and her family at theluckyfew.com or on Instagram at @theluckyfewofficialYou can find every episode from Season 3 here!SHOW SPONSOR: HOPE*WRITERSHave you ever thought about writing a book but didn’t know where to start? Well, Hope*Writers believes that you’re already on your writing journey! Take their FREE 30 second quiz to find out where you are on your journey and where you can go. Visit hopewriters.com/quiz to take the quiz today!CHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOKScoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is available for pre-order on Amazon.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
“Moral of the story: Potty training is the worst.” - Heather. That’s right friends. We’re tackling this fun topic today, but most importantly, chatting all about the many memorable moments from this season! We even have Tesney Davis back on to tell us what just might be every parent’s favorite piece of good news- her 13 year old son Kirill is now officially potty trained! Tesney says her hope that her son can accomplish anything has been restored. What a gift it is to celebrate this milestone with her, and all of our listeners!This season has been a blast sitting down with extraordinary women who advocate in unique ways. We’ve discussed privilege and perspective with Amy Julia Becker, dual diagnosis with Tesney Davis, and how to own your influence every single day with the lovely ladies at the Dear Mom, Conference. Friends, thank you for joining us this season. As we admire our guests, don’t forget to celebrate the work you’re doing too! You are owning your influence by raising your child. Keep showing up. Keep shouting the worth. We are so grateful to shift the Down Syndrome narrative together. Don’t forget to join us next week for our final episode of the season featuring an interview with the one and only Heather Avis. We’re talking all about her new book: Scoot Over And Make Some Room, and you won’t want to miss it! You can find every episode from Season 3 here!Do you need potty training tips? We got you covered!Read the James Carr/Linda Leblanc research that Tesney used to potty train her son here.Check out the book that Heather found helpful in potty training her daughter here.SHOW SPONSOR: HOPE*WRITERSHave you ever thought about writing a book but didn’t know where to start? Well, Hope*Writers believes that you’re already on your writing journey! Take their FREE 30 second quiz to find out where you are on your journey and where you can go. Visit hopewriters.com/quiz to take the quiz today!CHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOKScoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is available for pre-order on Amazon.Head to Youtube and subscribe to The Lucky Few’s NEW Channel: In Search of The Lucky Few. Click here to start watching now!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Michelle Sullivan has found her voice, and she’s using it to host a podcast, run a clothing company, and most importantly— advocate like a mother. She credits all of this to her 5 year old son, Eli, who has Down Syndrome. Eli helped his mama own her creative influence to launch Littlest Warrior, a clothing company that starts conversations about different abilities while contributing back to this community by supporting adoptions, non-profits, and more! Michelle’s advocacy has evolved into her Advocate Like A Mother Podcast where she celebrates mothers of kids with different abilities who are owning their influence to shout their child’s worth. Today, we’re chatting with our friend (AKA family member), Michelle Sullivan, a mama of four, clothing designer, and now podcaster who is using her gifts in incredible ways.So friends, what’s your fave Littlest Warrior Tee? Join us for Season Three Episode Eight to hear which shirts we have in our closets (hint: pretty much all of them!) and then shop online to support worthy causes and valuable messages. Happy Advocating, friends!Connect with Michelle Sullivan!Find Michelle on InstagramFind Advocate Like A Mother Podcast on InstagramAdvocate Like A Mother Podcast WebsiteFind Advocate Like A Mother on FacebookShop Littlest Warrior Apparel:InstagramWebsiteFacebookSHOW SPONSOR: HOPE*WRITERSHave you ever thought about writing a book but didn’t know where to start? Well, Hope*Writers believes that you’re already on your writing journey! Take their FREE 30 second quiz to find out where you are on your journey and where you can go. Visit hopewriters.com/quiz to take the quiz today!CHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOKScoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is available for pre-order on Amazon.Head to Youtube and subscribe to The Lucky Few’s NEW Channel: In Search of The Lucky Few. Click here to start watching now!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
When Amy Julia Becker received her daughter Penny’s Down Syndrome diagnosis, she mourned the loss of a hypothetical child, the one she had always expected. However, Amy Julia and her husband quickly found joy, love, hope, and perspective in their now 13 year old daughter. So much so that Amy Julia wrote, “A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny.” She chose to share Penny’s story when she noticed the consistent lack of hopeful information that comes with a Down Syndrome diagnosis. Amy Julia even shared her journey with our co-host Micha when she received her son Ace’s prenatal diagnosis.Penny’s vulnerability and fight to be included opened her mother’s heart and eyes to other people that society often marginalizes and excludes.  With this in mind, Amy Julia put pen to paper to discuss the important topic of privilege in her newest book, “White Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege.” Clearly, this mother of three does not shy away from the tough conversations. Her other publications include articles about Down Syndrome in Washington Post, New York Times, ABC News, The Atlantic, and more listed below. Amy Julia is definitely owning her influence as an author to shift the Down Syndrome narrative and talk about privilege. When she isn’t writing, she’s speaking or enjoying life with her family. What a gift it is to sit down with her today for Episode 7 of Season 3! So friends, join us as we chat with Amy Julia Becker about authors, advocates, affluence, oh and Penny’s new pointe shoes for dance class! Purchase White Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege, by Amy Julia Becker on Amazon.Purchase A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny, by Amy Julia Becker on Amazon.CHECK OUT HEATHER'S NEW BOOKScoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is available for pre-order on Amazon.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Tesney Davis always knew she wanted to adopt a child with different abilities, but she never checked the box for Autism. When she discovered her adopted son with Down Syndrome had an additional diagnosis, her world changed, yet so did her mindset. Now, Tesney is a mother of two children, Kirill (12), who has a dual diagnosis of Down Syndrome and Autism, and Clayton (12), her biological son, who has inherited his mom's sarcasm gene and sweet tooth. Kirill was adopted from Russia at the age of five, thanks to what Tesney calls, “the first miracle she’s ever witnessed.” After months of living in Russia with only a few days clothing packed and fighting the court’s initial denial, Tesney and her husband finally brought their son home. Kirill’s extraordinary adoption story has made a profound impact on his family, as well as Tesney’s social media community. She advocates for children with a dual diagnosis with raw and beautiful messages on her Instagram account: @downwithautism.Today, we’re tackling an important, yet not often heard, conversation.  Join us and Tesney Davis as we discuss breaking down the barriers that moms of kids with Autism often feel, accommodating and including children with Autism, and reaching parents of the 8-9% of kids who have dual diagnosis. (This statistic and more is available in the links below.)Connect with Tesney DavisInstagramTwitterFacebookLearn more about having a dual diagnosis:Statistics on Autism from Autism SpeaksStatistics on Autism from the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)Information on Dual Diagnosis from NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society)Autism Clinic, University of AlabamaSHOW SPONSORJonas Paul Eyewear PROMO CODE: theluckyfew for 15% OFF your purchase at jonaspauleyewear.comCHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOKScoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is available for pre-order on Amazon.Head to Youtube and subscribe to The Lucky Few’s NEW Channel: In Search of The Lucky Few. Click here to start watching now!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Mica May believes every day life can be magical and lovely. She strives to delight her family, friends and community by creating spaces to connect and products to inspire creativity and productivity. She is a mama to three kids, Jackson (who has Down syndrome), Madelyn and Harper. She is obsessed with getting her kids to laugh, Thursday date nights with her husband, and lives for the next fun thing. Through her multimillion dollar company, May Designs, Mica teaches the world to see beauty in design and in Down Syndrome.Almost immediately after launching their website and appearing on Good Morning America, May Designs had over 30,000 orders and 25,000 emails. Overwhelmed yet still unafraid, Mica May grabbed a toothbrush and her laptop and flew straight to her printing facility. Life quickly turned into conference calls in the grocery store with three kids in the cart. Over time, this CEO and advocating mama created what she calls, “systems for sanity” that have helped her achieve a blissful business and family balance.All this to say, Mica is definitely owning her influence. May Designs has contributed thousands of dollars to Down Syndrome advocacy groups, and has even provided a scholarship for a Ruby’s Rainbow participant! Mica also designed the famous “Lucky Few Tattoo” and the “Advocate Like A Mother” tumbler. She believes in starting small, and always showing up. So friends, grab a coffee and your May Designs journal and join us for a chat about translocation Down Syndrome, advocating in your business, and how to hold loosely to expectations and tightly to beauty.Connect with Mica MayInstagramWebsiteFacebookShop May DesignsInstagramWebsiteTwitterSHOW SPONSORJonas Paul Eyewear PROMO CODE: theluckyfew for 15% OFF your purchase at jonaspauleyewear.comCHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOKScoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is available for pre-order on Amazon.Head to Youtube and subscribe to The Lucky Few’s NEW Channel: In Search of The Lucky Few. Click here to start watching now!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Hey, friends! Thanks for joining us for Episode 4 of this season. You picked the right day to tune in. We’re chatting with Lisa Gungor, a wife, musician, and mama to two girls, one who has Down Syndrome.  Lisa is one of the curators of the two-time Grammy nominated musical duo "Gungor,” the author of the book "The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen," and a contributor to The Liturgists Podcast. She’s a creative soul who owns her influence to shift the Down Syndrome narrative through her music.Lisa and her husband Michael created their band “Gungor” over a decade ago and wrote mostly Christian songs. In their struggle with infertility, they wrote “Beautiful Things.” Later, they would write the song, “Light” to celebrate their second daughter, Lucy, who has Down Syndrome.  Having a child with Down Syndrome shocked the Gungors, but it didn’t shake their faith as much as leading worship at mega churches did. Join us today as Lisa shares her infamous faith journey, what she believes now, and how Down Syndrome shaped her spiritual world. SHOW LINKSConnect with Lisa GungorInstagramWebsiteLisa’s Faith JourneyThe Liturgist’s PodcastListen to Gungor MusicYoutubeWebsiteFacebookListen to “Light” inspired by Lisa’s daughter with Down SyndromeGet your copy of The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen by Lisa Gungor.SHOW SPONSORJonas Paul Eyewear PROMO CODE: theluckyfew for 15% OFF your purchase at jonaspauleyewear.comCHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOKScoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is available for pre-order on Amazon.Head to Youtube and subscribe to The Lucky Few’s NEW Channel: In Search of The Lucky Few. Click here to start watching now!--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
“Congratulations! You’re going to have a baby with Down Syndrome..” the words Heather dreams a doctor would say when delivering a Down Syndrome diagnosis. Thankfully, fierce advocates like Jen Jacob are here to make that vision a reality. Jen is the co-author of "The Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome: Advice, Information, Inspiration, and Support for Raising Your Child from Diagnosis through Adulthood" and the author and a contributor for "Unexpected, Stories of a Down Syndrome Diagnosis." Jen is also the co-founder and Executive Director for the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network. A former educator and professional development leader, she lives in the midwest with her husband and four children; her youngest son, Owen, has Down syndrome. Jen is the perfect guest to talk about all things diagnosis! Today, we’re chatting about doctor’s appointments, community groups, and Jen’s incredible work with the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network. Serving over 9,000 families, Jen Jacob is literally shifting the Down Syndrome narrative, in doctor’s offices and delivery rooms everywhere. What a powerful way to own her influence.SHOW LINKSConnect with Jen JacobInstagramFacebookWebsiteConnect with Down Syndrome Diagnosis NetworkInstagramFacebookWebsiteRockin’ Mom and Rockin’ Dad RetreatsGet your copy of “The Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome: Advice, Information, Inspiration, and Support for Raising Your Child from Diagnosis through Adulthood” on Amazon.Read “Unexpected, Stories of a Down Syndrome Diagnosis” here or order on Amazon.Watch “A Diagnosis Can Go Well” by DSDN.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Hi friends! Welcome back to Season Three, Episode Two of The Lucky Few Podcast. Today, we’re chatting with Amanda Booth, an actress, model, and mama based in Los Angeles. She has appeared on network television shows such as Hot In Cleveland, Maron, and Community. Her campaign work includes advertisements for Lancome, Fiat, Hersheys, Target, and Old Navy. Her focus has broadened since becoming a mother in 2014 to her son Micah, who has Down Syndrome. Amanda is now an ambassador for Changing The Face Of Beauty and Global Down Syndrome Foundation as well as a social media advocate. She and Micah work hard to represent the Down Syndrome community on the playground, Instagram, and even magazine covers like Vogue and Anthropologie! But you don’t have to be a model or an actress to own your influence. Amanda believes that whether it’s a trip to the park or an audition, the most important part is showing up.Join us as Amanda shares her journey into the modeling industry, her son’s unique diagnosis story, and the way Down Syndrome transformed her career and helped her achieve her dreams.SHOW LINKSFollow Amanda and Micah on Instagram!Check out Global Down Syndrome Foundation and the work they’re doing to provide current information to families with a prenatal Down Syndrome diagnosis.Changing the Face of Beauty works hard to include models with different abilities in mainstream advertisements. Learn more about them here!Read The Prince Who Was Just Himself.SHOW SPONSORJonas Paul Eyewear PROMO CODE: theluckyfew for 15% OFF your purchase at jonaspauleyewear.comCHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOKScoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is available for pre-order on Amazon.Head to Youtube and subscribe to The Lucky Few’s NEW Channel: In Search of The Lucky Few. Click here to start watching now!--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Hi friends! Welcome to Season 3 of The Lucky Few Podcast. We are SO glad you found your way here, and on World Down Syndrome Day of all days! There is no better time to talk about owning your influence than right now. So let’s talk about it, with all the moms at Dear Mom, Conference! We’re asking, “What does it mean to be a shouter of worth?” For some mamas it means planning an awareness event in your city, and to others it means blogging, or even adopting! All of these narrative shifting ladies prove that each of us has influence in our spaces, no matter where we live or how many followers we have. This season, we encourage all of you to do the same. Own your influence and shout the worth of individuals with Down Syndrome, every single day. So let’s sit down and chat about what we’ve been up to for the past few months and how we’re owning our influence daily, alongside all of you! What an honor to shout the worth together. Show Links: See more from the Dear Mom, Conference on Instagram! Learn more about Dear Mom, Conference at their Website HereLove the stories of our Dear Mom ladies? Watch them own their influence online: Sonia Barker is lighting up her city blue and yellow on World Down Syndrome Day. She’s owning her influence on Instagram at @soniasjoy Taylor and her husband just adopted a newborn with Down Syndrome. Baby George has shown Taylor that parenting a child with DS does not make you a brave hero, but a very lucky mama! Follow her journey on Instagram at @chosenforjohnson Stephanie is on a mission to change the world’s perspective. She’s doing just that in her new children’s book: He Gave Them Something Extra, available in two months! Isaac’s family is working hard to shift the narrative in his school district. His mother and sisters arranged to have him fully included in the classroom, and he’s rocking it. Hollyce blogs all about her beautifully blended family, including her 1 year old: Hudson! Her blog and Instagram show the world that different is okay and uniqueness should be celebrated.Cailtin and Kori are best friends using their Instagram influence to shout the worth of their daughters: the cutest baby girls with Down Syndrome! They’re on Instagram at @shesjustsoextra and @korityler Monica has an 11 year old son with Down Syndrome. She is sharing her story online and living life with some other lucky mamas in her area with her Facebook group: Healthy Living For Special Needs Moms!Sponsor: Jonas Paul Eyewear PROMO CODE: theluckyfew for 15% OFF your purchase at jonaspauleyewear.comDo you love The Lucky Few? Check out Heather’s new book! Scoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is available for preorder on Amazon.Head to Youtube and subscribe to The Lucky Few’s NEW Channel: In Search of The Lucky Few. Click here to start watching now!--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
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